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oper80r

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12-10-2015 11:33 PM

Hello everybody first post here.

I recently got into woodworking and have been making stuff around the house with basic tools (ciruclar saw, drill etc.) But now my projects are becoming more ambitious and require more cuts that would take too much time with the ciruclar saw and a straight edge. Long story short its time for a table saw and I could use your help in selecting one. After reading 100s of posts on this forum and after many hrs on CL I’ve found these 2 saws that are for sale. I’m leaning towards the craftsman due to the fence but is it worth it. Again thanks for all the information and help.

- Ridgid TS2412 = $75
- Craftsman 113 + New Fence = $200


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TiggerWood

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#1 posted 12-10-2015 11:40 PM

For the price, they both look good. Far better deals than I find around me.

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 11:59 PM

If you need the wider table I would go with the Crapsman if all else is equal as far as HP and ease of raising blade and tilt mechanisms and dust collection ports. Let me re think that, 113 compared to 200? for the fence? What is special about the fence? I have an old Delta the fence is not the best just have to take a bit of time to adjust each time.

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 12:22 AM

Let me re think that, 113 compared to 200? for the fence? What is special about the fence? I have an old Delta the fence is not the best just have to take a bit of time to adjust each time.

The Emerson has a Biesmeyer fence, or one that looks identical to one. The Ridgid has a tube type.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 12:22 AM

For the money, the Emerson is a much better deal. Better fence, and there were thousands of them made, so parts availability is not much of an issue and there are loads of resources on how to tweak them for optimal performance.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 01:24 AM

Personally, I think the quality of the fence is the most important factor in a saw, and definitely worth extra money. I don’t know how well the fence on the Rigid works. But, the Biesmeyer type fence on the Craftsman is about as good as it gets (for reasonable money). That would be my vote.

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 01:33 AM

The craftsman…...no question. It looks to be in better shape AND has the better fence. It appears to be a ‘turnkey’ machine that can go to work immediately.

The Ridgid is a good deal and would clean up nicely though.

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 01:39 AM

The Craftsman, no question. The Rigid’s have had so many problems I wouldn’t go near one.

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#8 posted 12-11-2015 03:28 AM

thanks guys for the great feed back I guess the choice is clear the craftsman it is. I believe the fence he has installed is from a newer pro series craftsman saw anybody have any experience with that fence dont want to fork out 200 bucks for a fenxe thats not worth it

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#9 posted 12-11-2015 03:52 AM

When you go to check it out, bring along a board or 2, a pushstick or 2, safety glasses/goggles, and ear protection. you’ll wanna take it for a test drive before you make your final decision. I did exactly this when I bought a jointer that was listed on CL. Don’t wanna haul it home only to find out the motor is so weak (undersized or seriously abused) it can only make the blade spin.

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#10 posted 12-11-2015 01:24 PM

The two saws are nearly identical (same factory). Can’t really go wrong with either at those prices. The Biesemeyer style fence is superior to the Ridgid’s. If you can swing the $200 for the Cman with the Biese, it’s the way to go IMO.

You could always buy both and clean up the Ridgid and resell it for more like $150….that’d also give a chance to get more familiar with both before deciding which to keep.

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#11 posted 12-11-2015 02:02 PM

I’d go the craftsman as well, cant tell for sure but the rigid looks like it’s rusted quite a bit.

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#12 posted 12-11-2015 02:31 PM

+1 on the craftsman. The Craftsman is in much better shape with a premium fence. If, at sometime in the future, you decided to upgrade saws, you would have the Biese fence to swap over.

The Ridgid could be a good saw with some clean up and elbow grease to remove the rust and the Align a Rip fence on it is pretty decent. If it was your only choice, you would be fine, but you have a far better option at a relatively bargain price.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#13 posted 12-11-2015 03:25 PM

I see you made your choice Enjoy your new saw,I think it’s quite a bargain @ $200.

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#14 posted 12-11-2015 03:42 PM

I don’t think you can go wrong either way…. I’d +2 the buy both clean-up and resell the other idea….

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#15 posted 12-11-2015 10:58 PM

The craftsman…

I am not a “Rigid Hater” but the photo you show looks pretty abused. but 75 bucks is dirt cheap.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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